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Replacing Your Door Locks and Backing Plates
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Door Locks and Backing Plates

Steve Vernon

Time:

4 hours4 hrs

Tab:

$120

Talent:

***

Tools:

6mm twelve point, T20, T30 Torx driver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New Lock

Hot Tip:

Tape the door skin to avoid damage

Performance Gain:

Working locks

Complementary Modification:

Really clean the glass

If you need to replace the door lock or door handle backing plate, you will need to first remove the door handle and door skin. Please see our articles on door handle removal and door skin removal for further assistance.

This photo illustrates the door skin off.
Figure 1

This photo illustrates the door skin off. Make sure the window is all the way up before beginning work. This will allow you to access the backing plate and lock (red arrow).

You will need to remove the door handle backing plate (red arrow) to get access to the door lock (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

You will need to remove the door handle backing plate (red arrow) to get access to the door lock (yellow arrow).

After removing the handle and door skin, the backing plate is only secured with a small elastic band.
Figure 3

After removing the handle and door skin, the backing plate is only secured with a small elastic band. Use a small pick and remove the band (red arrow). Use care not to lose this as it is not a standard size elastic.

With the band removed you can slip the backing plates three posts (red arrow, one shown) from the guides (yellow arrow, one shown).
Figure 4

With the band removed you can slip the backing plates three posts (red arrow, one shown) from the guides (yellow arrow, one shown).

The lock is protected by a plastic cover (red arrow).
Figure 5

The lock is protected by a plastic cover (red arrow). This cover does not come with a new lock so use care when removing it and do not lose it.

The cover has several clips (red arrows) that clip into the lock (yellow arrows).
Figure 6

The cover has several clips (red arrows) that clip into the lock (yellow arrows). Use hand pressure and pull it out and back.

Use a 6mm twelve point and remove the two bolts holding the lock to the door (red arrows).
Figure 7

Use a 6mm twelve point and remove the two bolts holding the lock to the door (red arrows).

The bolts are micro encapsulated (red arrow) from the factory but you can clean them up and apply a little Blue Loctite when reinstalling.
Figure 8

The bolts are micro encapsulated (red arrow) from the factory but you can clean them up and apply a little Blue Loctite when reinstalling.

You can now remove the lock from the door frame (red arrow).
Figure 9

You can now remove the lock from the door frame (red arrow).

Turn the lock over and separate the wiring connection.
Figure 10

Turn the lock over and separate the wiring connection. Push in the clip on the harness (red arrow) and pull it out from the connection on the lock (yellow arrow).

Turn the end of the cable (red arrow) sideways and slip it out from the mechanism (yellow arrow).
Figure 11

Turn the end of the cable (red arrow) sideways and slip it out from the mechanism (yellow arrow). Then remove the plastic cable stay from the lock (green arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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